The moving experience is already stressful — but endless piles of clutter can make it much worse. If you’re like a lot of movers, one of the dreaded parts of moving is figuring out what to do with all your belongings. You may find that packing up boxes is overwhelming. Or, if you decide to shove everything in the moving truck and figure out what to keep later, you may find yourself in a new home with a lot of boxes and frustration. How do you decide where to put everything? What stays and what goes? To help simplify what could be a major headache, here are some key tips for de-cluttering — before and after a move.
The hardest part of de-cluttering is trying to know what to keep and what to sell or give away. The de-cluttering process takes time and thought. It’s work. Clear a few days or longer if possible and start going through your belongings. If you still use or love something, put it in a “keep” pile; if you no longer use or love something, let it go. If it’s helpful for you, try going through items in sections, such as:
While starting with the largest items may seem logical, you might find it more helpful to start in the opposite direction. By beginning with small items, you can enjoy the snowball effect of tiny successes that inspire you to keep moving forward.
As you’re picking items to keep and picking items to get rid of, the next question is what to do with all the belongings you no longer want or need. Many organizing experts rely on the foolproof strategy of three piles: keep, sell and donate.
Keep: Everything you want to keep, package and move with you to your new home goes in this pile.
Sell: When you find something you no longer want or need that still has value, you can de-clutter while also making a little extra money if you sell it. Whether you go with a garage sale, individualized listings online, a consignment store or another option for selling, you can pad your moving budget.
Donate: Anything that isn’t worth the trouble of trying to sell is a perfect candidate for donating. Likewise, anything that you just want to donate — because you know it can help a local charity or nonprofit — is a prime candidate for this pile.
While going through everything you own takes time, it’s a worthwhile investment when it minimizes what you have to move and unpack. If you have the power to set aside time before you relocate, do it. If you don’t, you can still implement the same strategy after you’ve moved, to help minimize unnecessary possessions in your new home.
As one of Chicagoland’s most reliable and experienced movers, Burrows Moving & Storage Co. specializes in helping customers relocate within the city and its suburbs, as well as into other states. We move furniture, antiques, pianos and other goods, with exclusive ship service for long-distance trips. This means, if you’re moving out of state, you get your own truck with only your items on it. Learn more about our moving services online, or contact us today to set up an appointment!
Since moving is one of the most stressful life events that people experience several times throughout their lives, losing any belongings during the move would simply add to the stress. Luckily, there is a way to ensure that your stress level is reduced during the move! It begins with trusting your professional movers to do the job for you. However, even with movers, you have to keep track of your belongings in a way that is organized and efficient. Here are a few tips that will help you avoid losing your belongings during a move:
With these above tips for avoiding the loss of your belongings during a move, you will find a seemingly stressful experience to be stress-free. The key is to stay organized. By packing one room at a time, creating lists of your inventory, and packing smaller belongings in ziplock bags, you will save, time, resources, money and valuable energy during your next move.
Moving is considered the third most stressful life event, following death and divorce. From the packing, to the lifting, to the loading, and to the reorganizing, it makes sense that people don’t look forward to this process! What makes it even more stressful is that there are so many tasks and responsibilities prior to the move, that people often become forgetful. Here is a list of items that should be taken care of before you move.
While movers can help you with packing, lifting, loading and unpacking, there are some tasks that we cannot help you with. These are the ones that involve your personal information and lifestyle needs, like the ones listed above. Take care of these before you move in order to streamline the moving process and comfortably settle into your new home!
Moving can be an enormous undertaking, especially if you’re relocating to a different city, moving into a home that is larger, moving into a high rise apartment, or even moving into a place that is smaller. In fact, most people dread moving. Did you know that moving is considered the third most stressful event in life, following death and divorce? From the packing, to the lifting, to the loading, and to the reorganizing, it’s no wonder that many people do not look forward to it.
However, we all have to move on to another residence eventually! The average person moves eleven times in their lifetime. Fortunately, there are movers like Burrows Moving & Storage that can take some of the dread away from the big moving day. Here are three major reasons you should hire movers for your next move.
While a potential hesitation for hiring movers could be the cost of using them, we frequently find that people end up saving both time and money in the long run. Often people underestimate the possible costs of moving on their own: the loss that can result from potential hospitalization, the destruction of valuable furnishings due to lack of equipment, and whether or not they are insured if something goes wrong. Stay safe, be smart, and let your professional movers make your moving day run seamlessly, efficiently and stress-free.
With over 30 years of experience in helping people move into new homes, it’s no wonder that Burrows Moving is an active sponsor and supporter of helping animals move into their new homes. Over the past several years, Burrows Moving has sponsored various events from beach parties, to races, to galas for PAWS Chicago in the hopes of helping their mission to save homeless animals. The funds they provide and raise go directly to homeless, injured and sick pets. In effect, they have helped PAWS Chicago reduce the number of homeless dogs and cats that are killed annually in Chicago.
The owners of Burrows Moving are avid animal lovers and have adopted several animals themselves. According to them, “We love getting involved in the community, especially in ways that make a difference. The mission of PAWS Chicago enhances both the lives of people and of animals. If we can help spread the word and inspire others to adopt these animals through our regular sponsorship at their events, then we have contributed to the community in a positive and fun way.” It’s with businesses like Burrows that charities like PAWS are able to thrive and spread awareness about their efforts.
Below are pictures from the most recent event on Thursday, July 14. The event was a beach party hosted at Castaways, featuring food, beverages, raffles, silent and live auctions and pets for adoption. It was sponsored in part by Burrows Moving.
The next PAWS Chicago event takes place on Sunday, July 24. Join Burrows as they sponsor the PAWS Chicago 5K at Montrose Harbor in Chicago! Help save homeless animals with us!
Burrows Moving is an independent professional moving services company that serves the Chicagoland area. They are committed to providing their customers with the best furniture, antique and piano moving services, packing, hoisting and storage services, and local and long distance residential and commercial moving services.
Moving office space in Chicago not only requires logistical preparation and manpower, it also takes professional moving experience. There are several factors of a commercial move, such as delicate equipment, expensive executive furniture, and sensitive electronics. Whether you’re in a multi-office facility, several floors above ground, or within a warehouse or a one-level storefront, the moving process is complicated. When you hire professional commercial movers for your office relocation, the move itself becomes a lot easier. Below are four major reasons why you should hire a commercial mover for your business relocation.
With these top four reasons among many others, there is no reason why you should not hire a commercial mover for your business relocation. When you work with experienced and knowledgeable office movers, you are working with highly trained professionals, you will have all of the moving equipment readily available, your employees will thank you, and you won’t have to worry about forgetting anything. Contact Burrows Moving if you are planning on relocating your business soon.
As we’ve mentioned on our piano and organ moving page, the process of moving a piano or an organ is both a science and an art. Not only are these instruments incredibly heavy, but they are also extremely fragile. It takes more than strength and finesse to move them. Below we have provided our most frequently asked questions about moving pianos and organs.
What types of pianos and organs can be moved?
Any type of piano or organ can be moved. Specifically at Burrows Moving, we have moved spinet pianos, console pianos, studio upright pianos, big upright pianos, player grand and upright pianos, electronic pianos, small baby grand pianos, large baby grand pianos, large parlor grand pianos, and even larger concert grand pianos.
What is the process of moving a piano and organ?
When we move a piano, most of the work is through preparation. The first step is to sufficiently wrap the piano with our special padding and covers. The second step is to remove the legs of the piano through a carefully crafted process that has been perfected by the moving team over time. The third and final step is to place the piano or organ on a cart and/or hoist the instrument as necessary. The above process is very much dependent on the the type of piano, the moving route, and the circumstances of the moving environment.
When should you get a piano tuned after a move?
A piano needs to get acclimated to its new environment for a period of at least two weeks before it should be tuned. The conditions of flooring, windows, sunlight, air conditioning, humidity, and other interior surroundings affect the function and sound of the instrument. Therefore you must make sure to wait at least two weeks before finding a professional piano tuner.
How easy is it to find a piano or organ mover in Chicago?
Professional piano and organ movers require years of experience. By years, we mean at least 10 dedicated years of a myriad of different piano and organ moves. Burrows Moving currently employs 15 of the most experienced piano and organ movers in Chicago, with several of them having 20 or more years of piano and organ moving experience.
The safest and easiest way to move a piano or organ is through professional and experienced movers who have a proficient knowledge and background with moving pianos and organs. Fortunately, companies like Burrows Moving in Chicago, is able to provide these services to you. Give them a call to move your piano or organ today.
In Chicago, one of the most common types of residences are apartments or condos in high rise buildings. While there’s a myriad of high rises gracing the Chicago skyline already, more are being built every year to meet the city’s demand. This means more moves into high rise buildings. However, it’s a different (and slightly more difficult) experience than moving into an apartment that is closer to the ground. Whether the move will be done through stairs or an elevator, the following tips are provided to those looking to move into a high rise building in Chicago.
The purpose of these tips is aimed at providing you with a seamless and stress-free move. High rise buildings, with all of their amazing amenities, have their complications associated with moving, especially due to the varying amount of floors between the ground and your new apartment. By preparing to take less with you, getting help and a luggage cart, and hiring a moving company, you’ll enjoy the moving experience and be able to start living in your new high rise apartment in no time!
To end National Moving Month, we’re providing our top five unpacking tips for your next residential move. Moving day can be stressful, so with these five tips, you’ll end the move on a high note. The key is to be as organized as possible from the very beginning of the move and follow the prep instructions and tips from the professional movers. Stay ahead of the day and make the unpacking portion easier with the following:
With any move, begin with finding the right moving company to work with you. Moving companies can pack and unpack whatever is required, and as professional movers, they will do it in a way that is hassle-free and easy. Just make sure that you stay organized and follow a strategic flow throughout the day so that you can seamlessly and comfortably move into your new home!
In honor of National Moving Month, the movers at Burrows Moving are providing Chicagoland residents with our best moving and packing tips. Residents often do not know how to properly pack their belongings, and with limited time to spare during a move, it always helps to make sure that what you own is properly packed. Good preparation through packing is one of the best ways to ensure a seamless and stress-free move. Below are three important packing tips for a successful residential move.
With these three important packing tips, your residential move will be a success. Packing prior to the move completes most of the prep work before Burrows Moving arrives. We’ll handle the rest. Happy National Moving Month from Burrows Moving!